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South High School Graduation Speech

I first want to give my thanks to the Board of Education, Administrators, Faculty, and parents for their support during our four years in high school.

Now to the Class of 2013 …

Congratulations! We are finally free from high school and are able to take full charge of our own lives. However, after the initial burst of happiness, a pressing issue came to mind: how to say goodbye. It saddens me that I now have to part with the place that created so many precious memories that have distinctly shaped our lives. Mr. Ko’s insightful questions and extremely long exams, Mr. Dickson’s cool accent, Dr. Manuel’s sarcastic jokes, and Mrs. Montllor’s iron-fist rule, I will miss them all. And as we begin to say our farewells, I come to the realization that the beginning and ending of any process are almost equally awkward. There is the same confusion and excitement both when people say hello for the first time and when they say goodbye for the last. For we are not quite prepared for the beginning or for the end of any friendship or relationship,. The slight tension when we try to make a good first impression, the clumsy “hey what’s up?” that mark the typical first encounter are not that different from our awkward farewells. But after reading the theme of this year’s graduation, I realize that perhaps having to part has always been a necessary element of growth—from the time we parted from our baby strollers to walking on our own two feet, from the thinking chair to the detention room, as well as one of the biggest shifts in our lives, leaving our parents to attend college. For every ending of one process there is always the start of another and the memories and experiences of the previous are carried on to the next. So what we resolve to do later using those experiences is more important than having the best farewell. Some people may regret that they have talked to their friends as if they would never part; however what is worse is when friends part and live on forgetting that they have ever talked at all. 

 

So do not forget the past and where we came from because Class of 2013, the end is only where we begin. 

 

Thank you.


News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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